. the consumer discretionary sector gained 3% in november. among utility stocks today, duke energy jumped 2.3%. the firm has been subject to a board room drama since july. c.e.o. jim rogers has agreed to retire at the end of next year. on the consumer side, wal-mart added 1.7%, ending at a three week high. this was the biggest gain of any dow jones stock today. if you use fed-ex you may be paying more next year. the delivery company will raise its ground and home delivery shipping fees at average of 4.9% next year. the higher prices didn't lead to a higher share price today. the stock fell 1.4%. fed-ex has warned of customers seeking out cheaper shipping options. meantime, the inability to raise prices hit versign. you may recognize the company logo from the internet. verisign manages internet addresses, translating the web addresses into digits that computers use to communicate. the company won a new contract from the government to oversee web addresses, but it can't raise prices. and that sent shares plunging, falling 13.2%. volume jumped tenfold. this is its lowest price since december.